So Israel presented Joseph with a special robe he had made for him—a spectacularly colorful robe with long sleeves in it.
But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than the rest, they grew to hate him and couldn’t find it in themselves to speak to him without resentment or argument.
One day Joseph had a dream. When he told the dream to his brothers, they hated him even more. (Genesis 37:3-5)
they grew to hate him—they wouldn’t even speak to him.
His brothers said, “So! You’re going to rule us? You’re going to boss us around?”
And they hated him more than ever because of his dreams and the way he talked.
The Lord will fight for you, and you won’t need to lift a finger! (Exodus 14:14)
Afflictions are among our mercies.
They prove our faith and love, they humble our pride, they wean us from the world, and quicken our prayer. (Matthew Henry)
Remember Joseph outcome
At the appointed time the Lord exalted him.
Joseph was not bitter but better by God’s grace in time of need.
He cried out to the Lord and the Lord heard, Judged and saw to it in His timing.
Joseph not only forgave but forgot all natural tendencies to view the dishonor and disrespect
because He saw the hand of God in his life divinely orchestrating all circumstances
to come to the good for not just himself but others in the household of faith.
God truly made Joseph fruitful in the land of his affliction.
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.
Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My name. “
All true believers are the Lord’s anointed.
They are anointed with the oil of God’s grace with an unction from the Holy One
and they know all things for they have the mind of Christ.
They stand before Him and bear His name which carries His weighty Sovereign authority.
Blessed communion—they are so near to God they are in union with Him–their Maker is their Husband,
the Lord of Hosts, His name. What God has joined together let no man tear asunder.
And he that touches him touches the apple of his eye; so dear are they to Him.
Thank the Lord for all the glorious things He does; proclaim them to the nations.
Sing His praises and tell everyone about His miracles.
Glory in the Lord; O worshipers of God, rejoice.
Search for Him and for His strength, and keep on searching!
Think of the mighty deeds He did for us, His chosen ones—descendants of God’s servant Abraham, and of Jacob.
Remember how He destroyed our enemies.
He is the Lord our God. His goodness is seen everywhere throughout the land.
Though a thousand generations pass He never forgets His promise, His covenant with Abraham and Isaac
and confirmed with Jacob. This is His never-ending treaty with the people of Israel:
“I will give you the land of Canaan as your inheritance.”
He said this when they were but few in number, very few, and were only visitors in Canaan.
Later they were dispersed among the nations and were driven from one kingdom to another;
but through it all He would not let one thing be done to them apart from His decision.
He destroyed many a king who tried!
“Touch not these chosen ones of Mine,” He warned, “and do not hurt My prophets.”
He called for a famine on the land of Canaan, cutting off its food supply.
Then He sent Joseph as a slave to Egypt to save his people from starvation.
There in prison they hurt his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar
until God’s time finally came—how God tested his patience!
Then the king sent for him and set him free.
He was put in charge of all the king’s possessions.
At his pleasure he could imprison the king’s aides and teach the king’s advisors.
Then Jacob (Israel) arrived in Egypt and lived there with his sons.
In the years that followed, the people of Israel multiplied explosively until they were a greater nation than their rulers.
At that point God turned the Egyptians against the Israelis; they hated and enslaved them.
But God sent Moses as His representative, and Aaron with him, to call down miracles of terror upon the land of Egypt.
They followed His instructions.
He sent thick darkness through the land and turned the nation’s water into blood, poisoning the fish.
Then frogs invaded in enormous numbers; they were found even in the king’s private rooms.
When Moses spoke, the flies and other insects swarmed in vast clouds from one end of Egypt to the other.
Instead of rain He sent down murderous hail, and lightning flashes overwhelmed the nation.
Their grapevines and fig trees were ruined; all the trees lay broken on the ground.
He spoke, and hordes of locusts came and ate up everything green, destroying all the crops.
Then He killed the oldest child in each Egyptian home, their pride and joy—
and brought His people safely out from Egypt,
loaded with silver and gold; there were no sick and feeble folk among them then.
Egypt was glad when they were gone, for the dread of them was great.
He spread out a cloud above them to shield them from the burning sun
and gave them a pillar of flame at night to give them light.
They asked for meat, and He sent them quail and gave them manna—bread from heaven.
He opened up a rock, and water gushed out to form a river through the dry and barren land;
for He remembered His sacred promises to Abraham His servant.
So He brought His chosen ones singing into the Promised Land.
He gave them the lands of the Gentiles, complete with their growing crops; they ate what others planted.
This was done to make them faithful and obedient to His laws. Hallelujah!
Do you not yet see that what the enemy intends for evil, God is allowing for His greater good that His name be glorified?
They wandered from country to country, camped out in one kingdom after another;
But He didn’t let anyone push them around, He stood up for them against bully-kings:
“Don’t you dare touch My anointed ones, don’t lay a hand on My prophets.”
(1 Chronicles 16:20-22)
Who although anointed of God had to learn the lesson (discipline) of the wilderness
in waiting on God’s timing to remove those that sought to destroy him.
Remember King Saul
Who was driven insane enough to leave off obeying God and sought to kill David out of jealous envious hatred and rage,
David said this—
“Far be it from me because of the LORD that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the LORD’S anointed.” (1 Samuel 24:6)
With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. (v. 7)
Man does not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God:
As Jesus in the wilderness
We need to come to the place where we realize that are not sufficient for these things
but that our sufficiency is in Christ Jesus.
All these things are necessary to turn us away from all other things that would draw us away from fully trusting in Him.
These things and people have come against the Seed (Word) faith of God that is
planted in our hearts but God is allowing it (even as with Job) in order to grow us
up in the likeness of His Son Jesus the Christ. The love of God is shed abroad
in our hearts by His Holy Spirit and we are putting down deep strong roots as
we hold steadfast and true to He alone who is Faithful and True.
God has heard
God is Judge
God is seeing to it.
He is raising the bar
He is increasing our confidence to boldly come before His throne of grace
to find strength and help in time of need. He alone is Lord. He is all we need.
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever,
that we may follow all the words of this law.
“It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority.”
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.
God’s nature is always inherent in life. Ask, Seek, Knock
You will find Him even as He has chosen to reveal Himself in your walks and talks
in nature. He is waiting to reveal Himself to you in all your walk.
His Word stands
His Word endures forever
“Hold your peace”
“Guard your heart”
for out of it flow the issues of life and death
God is the author of life not confusion
Man’s ways are not God’s ways
Be still and let God show you the way
For Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life keep looking to Him for
Jesus is the author and finisher of faith. He spoke creation into being
and He is the Final Word. All authority resides in Him. He is the
Living Word of Almighty God the Father. His Holy Spirit is given to
lead and guide us into all truth every step of the way home.
Miracles happen to those who BELIEVE.
God will make a way there will be a highway for the holy.
Nothing unclean will walk in that way.
Remember it is a narrow road that leads to life.
When God squares accounts they are truly settled.
Remember God’s special promise given to those with brotherly love—
Letter to Philadelphia
Write down My words, and send them to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia.
“These are the words of the holy One, the true One, and the One who possesses the key of David,
which opens the possibilities so that no one can shut them. The One who closes all options so that no one can open:
“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door, which no one can shut.
I have done this because you have limited strength, yet you have obeyed My word and have not denied My name.
Watch, and I will make those of the congregation of Satan—those who call themselves ‘Jews’ but are not
because they lie—come before you penitent, falling at your feet.
Then they will know how much I have loved you.
Because you have obeyed My instructions to endure and be patient,
I will protect you from the time of trial which will come upon the whole earth and put everyone in it to the test.
I will soon return. Hold tight to what you have so that no one can take away your victor’s wreath.
“As for the one who conquers through faithfulness even unto death, I will plant that person as a pillar in the temple of My God, and that person will never have to leave the presence of God. Moreover, I will inscribe this person with the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, New Jerusalem—which descends out of heaven from My God—and My own new name.
God’s intention for the world is this: “I will be your God, and you will be My people.”
This is fulfilled by those who are faithful to Him.
“Let the person who is able to hear, listen to and follow what the Spirit proclaims to all the churches.”
Jesus: I am the true vine, and My Father is the keeper of the vineyard.
I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear great fruit.
Without Me, you will accomplish nothing.
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is like a branch that is tossed out and shrivels up and is later gathered to be tossed into the fire to burn. If you abide in Me and My voice abides in you, anything you ask will come to pass for you.
Your abundant growth and your faithfulness as My followers will bring glory to the Father.
At a time when all of His disciples are feeling as if they are about to be uprooted,
Jesus sketches a picture of this new life as a flourishing vineyard—a labyrinth of vines and strong branches steeped in rich soil, abundant grapes hanging from their vines ripening in the sun.
Jesus sculpts a new garden of Eden in their imaginations—one that is bustling with fruit, sustenance, and satisfying aromas. This is the Kingdom life. It is all about connection, sustenance, and beauty. But within this promise of life is the warning that people must be in Christ or they will not experience these blessings.
Jesus: I have loved you as the Father has loved Me. Abide in My love.
Follow My example in obeying the Father’s commandments and receiving His love.
If you obey My commandments, you will stay in My love.
I want you to know the delight I experience, to find ultimate satisfaction, which is why I am telling you all of this.
My commandment to you is this: love others as I have loved you.
There is no greater way to love than to give your life for your friends.
You celebrate our friendship if you obey this command.
I don’t call you servants any longer; servants don’t know what the master is doing, but I have told you everything the Father has said to Me. I call you friends.
You did not choose Me. I chose you, and I orchestrated all of this so that you would be sent out and bear great and perpetual fruit. As you do this, anything you ask the Father in My name will be done.
This is My command to you: love one another.
If you find that the world despises you, remember that before it despised you, it first despised Me.
If you were a product of the world order, then it would love you.
But you are not a product of the world because I have taken you out of it, and it despises you for that very reason.
Don’t forget what I have spoken to you: “a servant is not greater than the master.”
If I was mistreated, you should expect nothing less. If they accepted what I have spoken, they will also hear you.
Everything they do to you they will do on My account because they do not know the One who has sent Me.
If I had not spoken within their hearing, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for ignoring My voice.
If someone despises Me, he also despises My Father.
If I had not demonstrated things for them that have never been done, they would not be guilty of sin.
But the reality is they have stared Me in the face, and they have despised Me and the Father nonetheless.
Yet their law, which says, “They despised Me without any cause,” has again been proven true.
I will send a great Helper to you from the Father, one known as the Spirit of truth.
He comes from the Father and will point to the truth as it concerns Me.
But you will also point others to the truth about My identity, because you have journeyed with Me since this all began.
Again remember we did not choose Him but He chose us
We love because He first loved us.
Miracles happen to those who believe.
For those that come to God must believe that He is and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.
This is the generation of Jacob who seek God’s FACE.
For they see God as their Source their Provision their Provider their Providence,
Their Savior and LORD.
His will not theirs is the guiding force in their life.
Not as Esau who forfeit so much for so little, trading the eternal for the temporal
and losing touch with reality.
We are members of the household of faith and faith works by love.
Unbelief not only hinders but quenches the Holy Spirit. It acts as a choke valve
to the outpouring of God’s tremendous flow from the very throne room of His
great love that purchased our freedom in Christ Jesus to walk in newness of reality.
HE rights every wrong
HE repays or rewards in accordance with our deeds
Every knee will bow and Every tongue confess that Jesus Christ Is Lord
whether in submission now or subdued rebels later.
We are merely His instruments of Grace members of the body of Christ Jesus.
For it is in Him that we live move and have our BEING.
God is a spirit and those that worship Him do so in spirit and in truth.
We weren’t created to carry a burden of negativity but to release the power of God
in truth and love. As we take everything to the Lord in prayer, we receive the
power of God working in our hearts to right every wrong His way His time.
We are appointed to go and bear fruit and it is only found in union with Him.
THEN the Father will give whatever we ask in Jesus’ name.
As God SAYS
He SPOKE and it is
Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever He is LORD
He is Lord of ALL
Matthew 21:21 speaks to our situations by faith in God who operates in unfailing love.
Where sin abounds His grace super abounds His love covers a multitude of sin.
The love of God covers ALL.
His grace is ENOUGH.
hatred stirs up strifes; but love covers all sins (Proverbs 10:12)
Walk in love as Christ also has loved us and gave Himself for us…
Gifts of the Spirit, which are intended to strengthen the church body,often divide the body because members of the church elevate those who possess the more visible gifts over those whose gifts function in the background. In fact, this is the very problem facing the Corinthians. So while talking about the importance and function of these gifts in chapters 12 and 14, Paul shifts his focus to the central role love plays in a believer’s life in chapter 13.
Love is essential for the body to be unified and for members to work together.
Members of the body that are very different, with little in common, are able to appreciate and even enjoy others
because of the love that comes when a life is submitted to God.
What if I speak in the most elegant languages of people or in the exotic languages of the heavenly messengers, but I live without love? Well then, anything I say is like the clanging of brass or a crashing cymbal. What if I have the gift of prophecy, am blessed with knowledge and insight to all the mysteries, or what if my faith is strong enough to scoop a mountain from its bedrock, yet I live without love? If so, I am nothing. I could give all that I have to feed the poor, I could surrender my body to be burned as a martyr, but if I do not live in love, I gain nothing by my selfless acts.
Religious people often spend their time practicing rituals, projecting dogma, and going through routines that might look like Christianity on the outside but that lack the essential ingredient that brings all of it together—love!
It is a loving God who birthed creation and now pursues a broken people in the most spectacular way.
That same love must guide believers, so faith doesn’t appear to be meaningless noise.
Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love; it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs or celebrate injustice;
but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!
Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.
Love will never become obsolete.
Now as for the prophetic gifts, they will not last;
unknown languages will become silent, and the gift of knowledge will no longer be needed.
Gifts of knowledge and prophecy are partial at best, at least for now,
but when the perfection and fullness of God’s kingdom arrive, all the parts will end.
When I was a child, I spoke, thought, and reasoned in childlike ways as we all do.
But when I became a man, I left my childish ways behind.
For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things, as when we stare into polished metal.
I realize that everything I know is only part of the big picture.
But one day, when Jesus arrives, we will see clearly, face-to-face.
In that day, I will fully know just as I have been wholly known by God.
But now faith, hope, and love remain; these three virtues must characterize our lives. The greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13)
God opens doors that no man can shut
God closes doors that no man can open
Seek God in all things for God alone is in control. Our times are in His hands.
Father in the Name of Jesus, I realize that I’ve left myself open to the attacks of Satan through the envious, jealous spirits that covet Your gifts in me, Your mantle on me, and Your anointing resplendent through me. These are Yours and I am Yours.
These are meant to serve. Forgive me for being zealous over the gifts rather then the Giver.
They are Yours to use as You see fit. I submit my heart in obedience to Your authority.
I lay down my will to rise in Your will on earth as it is in heaven.
I trust Your Word and I delight to obey it.
Help me to walk in a way pleasing to You that brings souls to the Kingdom.
Satan, in the Name of Jesus I bind your minions that are coming against my life through evil spirits
that according to Matthew 18:18 God says through His Word in Christ Jesus
that “whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.”
You no longer have an open door in my life through these spirits.
Thank You Lord for giving me freedom to walk over the power of the devil in Christ Jesus.
According to Matthew 18:18 Your Word PROMISES “whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”
I loose the Love of God in my life to FLOOD my being so COMPLETELY that I will “OVERCOME evil with good”
Help me to read Your Word faithfully each day.
Show me Your Way, Your Truth and Your Life as Your Word blazes the path each day through the revelation and wisdom given by Your Holy Spirit who is my guide and helper. Thank You Lord for hearing and answering my prayer, Amen.
Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)
Your ears will hear sweet words behind you:
“Go this way. There is your path; this is how you should go”
whenever you must decide whether to turn to the right or the left.
Those who love Your Law have great peace, and nothing will cause them to be hurt in their spirit.
I hope for Your saving power, O Lord, and I follow Your Word. I obey Your Law, for I love it very much.
I obey Your Word and Laws, for You know all my ways.
Let my cry come to You, O Lord. Give me understanding because of Your Word. Let my prayer come to You.
Help me because of Your Word. May praise come from my lips, for You teach me Your Law.
May my tongue sing about Your Word, for all of Your Word is right and good.
May Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your Law.I have much desire for Your saving power, O Lord.
Your Law is my joy. Let me live so I may praise You, and let Your Law help me.
I have gone from the way like a lost sheep. Look for Your servant, for I do not forget Your Word. (Psalm 119:165-176)
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him: Those who defy God are broken, but those who depend on Him are
Blessed (Psalm 2:12)
In returning and rest–
Turn to prayer, it is the key to unlocking the blessings of God. Prayer moves the heart of God like nothing else.
The king’s heart is as water in the hand of the Lord.
I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is m y rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:1-2)
Teach me to pray, O Lord, that I may release the hidden talents which You have planted within my heart
by Your Word (Seed) which is Faithful and True. Teach me how to do Your Work for the good of myself and others. Amen.
I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel.
I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.
You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly.
You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.
Until we’re all moving rhythmically and easily with each other, efficient and graceful in response to God’s Son,
fully mature adults, fully developed within and without, fully alive like Christ.
No prolonged infancies among us, please.
We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors.
God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything.
We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other.
His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.
The Old Way Has to Go
And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd,
the empty-headed, mindless crowd.
They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself.
They can’t think straight anymore.
Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion.
But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ!
My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to Him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it!
And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces His character in you.
What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth.
In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.
The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of Your hands. (Psalm 138:8)
–for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.
Don’t grieve God. Don’t break His heart.
His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for Himself.
Don’t take such a gift for granted.
Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive.
Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:29-32)
Who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(1 Corinthians 1:8)
Be Ready for the Lord’s Coming
We must wear faith and love as a breastplate, and our hope of salvation as a helmet.
God did not choose us to suffer His anger, but to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us in order that we might live together with Him, whether we are alive or dead when He comes.
And so encourage one another and help one another, just as you are now doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:8-11)
Final Instructions and Greetings
We beg you, our friends, to pay proper respect to those who work among you,
who guide and instruct you in the Christian life. Treat them with the greatest respect and love because of the work they do. Be at peace among yourselves.
We urge you, our friends, to warn the idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
See that no one pays back wrong for wrong, but at all times make it your aim to do good to one another and to all people.
Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances.
This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus.
Do not restrain the Holy Spirit; do not despise inspired messages.
Put all things to the test: keep what is good and avoid every kind of evil.
May the God who gives us peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being
—spirit, soul, and body—free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He who calls you will do it, because He is faithful. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-24)
Unbelief is the great hinderance to Christ’s favours.
Let us keep faithful to Him as the Savior who has made our peace with God. (Matthew Henry)
“It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him.
But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!”
And Jesus said to him, “‘If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.“
Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.”
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?”
And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you,
if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
“But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:19-21)
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.”
I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11)
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. (Mark 11:22)
God will make this happen, for He who calls you is faithful. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
He will surely do it.
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?“
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
(1 Corinthians 13:2)
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely,
and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)